If you want to study a degree in the Czech Republic you will most likely study in Prague, which is home to the best universities in the country.
Why study a degree in the Czech Republic?
Higher education in the Czech Republic consists of three different kinds of institution:
- Public universities
- State universities
Most international students studying a degree in the Czech Republic will opt to study at private institutions which charge tuition fees unlike most public universities. However, this is only the case if you choose to study a degree in the Czech language – undergraduate degrees taught in English will charge tuition fees.
Undergraduate degrees in the Czech Republic take between 4-6 years to complete, depending on whether you choose to continue your studies through to Masters level.
The cost of tuition fees in the Czech Republic vary depending on the institution and mode of study. Undergraduate degrees taught in Czech are provided free of charge, but degrees taught in English or at private institutions charge fees starting at €1,000 per semester.
Immigration and visas
EU citizens are permitted to take a degree in the Czech Republic without a visa providing they can demonstrate the following:
- You are studying for more than three months
- You have sufficient income or savings to support yourself during your studies
- You are enrolled at an approved or accredited institution
You have comprehensive health insurance
Non-EU students will need to apply for a student visa through the Czech embassy in their home countries. You should check with the embassy for more details, but the processing time is normally around three to four months.
Accommodation and living costs
International students coming to study an undergraduate degree in the Czech Republic generally live in one of two types of accommodation:
- University accommodation – such as halls of residence
Private accommodation – House and flat rentals
University accommodation is most students’ preferred option, as it will allow you to meet fellow students and settle into student life in the Czech Republic more easily. It is also often cheaper, as many halls will also provide you with food and study areas.
Renting a private flat in the Czech Republic may appeal to students with families, or those who want a little more privacy.
Living costs: The Czech Republic offers good value for money when it comes to living costs. Food, transport and going out is all cheaper in the Czech Republic than other European countries, with costs even cheaper if you study outside of Prague.
Rent per month:
- One bedroom apartment (city centre) – 10,000 Kc (USD$500)
- One bedroom apartment (outside city centre) – 7,000 Kc (USD$350)
- Three bedroom apartment (city centre) –16,000 Kc (USD$800)
- Three bedroom apartment (outside city centre) –12,000 Kc (USD$600)
How safe is the Czech Republic?
The Czech Republic is in general a safe destination for international students to travel to, with low crime against students. The most likely crime you will encounter is low level theft such as pickpocketing and bike theft.
Students should always take care to protect their own personal safety in order to avoid becoming victims of crime. They can do this by:
- Avoiding carrying around large amounts of money
- Staying in groups, especially at night, and never walking alone
- Not making valuables obvious
- Always having a route home planned and never getting into unlicensed taxis
- Being wary of strangers
Being careful of traffic
Staying in touch
Staying in touch when your child is studying on the other side of the world might seem daunting – but there are ways you can talk regularly that don’t have to involve long distance phone calls and a nasty bill at the end of the month. Here are a few tips:
- Skype – the free video calling service can be downloaded within seconds, and will allow you to talk face to face anywhere you have an internet connection
- Blogging – maybe encourage your child to keep a blog of their adventures overseas, so that other families members (such as grandparents) can keep up to date
- Local sim cards – it is also a good idea for your child to buy a phone with a local pay as you go sim card when they arrive so that they can text and call home without running up a bill
What to do next
If you want to study in another country and you’re not certain where, take a look at our country guide. Alternatively, if you would like more information about studying in the Czech Republic, please fill out our Free Application Service and we will get back to you promptly.